How to get health care is, I guess, a lot of international students’ concern. It is said to be expensive. And I want add, it is a lot more complicated than people may think.
Vårdcentral (health center)
In Sweden, there is a place called vårdcentral (Health care center) where people go to first when they don’t feel well. If the doctors in the vårdcentral can not solve the problem, they will write a referral to the hospital, which is called sjukhus in Swedish, and the hospital will send a letter in two weeks to the patient to arrange an appointment (This can come really slow, be patient).
For the students in Halmstad University, we should go to the vårdcentral in Nyhem first. It is quite close to the campus. The address is Långgatan 32.
The brown area in the map is the university. The red A is where the health center is. Recommend to call 1177 to book a time before you go. The fee for seeing a doctor is 130kr for people with a personnumber (the social security number); 900 kr for others. It includes all the normal medication or treatment within the hospital. But special treatment such as staying over in the hospital can be very very expensive if one does not have the personnumber or insurance. If the doctors think they can’t cure you, you will need to go to the länssjukhust (the hospital) with an appointment.
Sjukhuset (the hospital)
Halmstad is the capital city of Halland län, the biggest hospital is located in this city.
It take about 20 minutes to ride bicycle to the hospital from the center. It is also possible and convenient to go by bus.
Folktandvården city (the dentist)
Folktandvården city is where we should go when we have a teeth problem. It is located close to the city library, just opposite of the street.
Like the health center, the doctors will send you to the same big hospital if the disease is too severe to be dealt with in their place.
All exchange students are covered by an insurance from the university. The procedure is to pay for your bills first, then fill in a application form in the school to declare for refund. The teacher who is in charge of this will send your application to the insurance company. It is very important to keep all the receipt.
Only the cost of emergency health care, emergency dental care and prescribed medicine will get reimbursed.
Note: The information of health care may change from time to time. What I have written is based on my own experience.